Events

Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 24th January
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tim Youngs, John Gallas and Rory Waterman - Poetry Reading

em-poetsThree acclaimed East Midlands poets read from new and past work.

Tim Youngs’ poems have appeared in several print and online magazines, including The Interpreter’s House, The Journal, Lighthouse, London Grip, PoetrySalzburg Review and Staple. He is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University and the author or editor of many books on travel writing.

John Gallas is a New Zealand poet and a Fellow of the English Association, with 11 books published by Carcanet. His other books and pamphlets include Mad John’s Walk, relating how Gallas followed John Clare’s escape route home to Northborough from an asylum in Epping Forest.

Rory Waterman’s debut collection, Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013) was a PBS Recommendation, his second is forthcoming from Carcanet in in September, and he is currently launching his first pamphlet, Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate (Rack Press). He is Senior Lecturer in English at NTU, where he leads the MA Creative Writing.

Admission for this event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 25th January
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - The Household Spirit

This month we will be discussing Tod Wodicka’s The Household Spirit. Note this is on the Wednesday, not the Tuesday as usual.

Admission for this event is free and refreshments will be available.

Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 31st January
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John Rees - The Levellers' Revolution

lrJohn Rees’ tells the gripping story of the Levellers, the radical movement at the heart of the English Revolution in the mid-1600s.

In particular Rees places the Levellers at the centre of the debates of 1647 when the nation was gripped by the question of what to do with the efeated Charles I. Without the Levellers and Agitators’ fortitude and well organised opposition history may have avoidedthe regicide and missed its revolutionary moment. The legacy of the Levellers can be seen in the modern struggles for freedom and democracy across the world.

This event will be £3 admission and refreshments will be provided.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 7th February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Neil Faulkner: A People's History of the Russian Revolution

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The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People’s History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to the tumultuous events, the Russian people are the heroes. Faulkner shows how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action, destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers. He rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators, ‘democratic-centralists’ or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship. He argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity – and that it was crushed by bloody counter-revolution and replaced with a monstrous form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Sunday, 12th February
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain
Purple ProsePurple Prose is the first of its kind – a book written by and for bisexual people in Britain.
Editor Kate Harrad will be joined by contributors Juliet Kemp and Grant Denkinson to explore topics including the definition of bisexuality, the intersections of bisexuality with other identities, stereotypes and biphobia, being bisexual at work, teenage bisexuality and bisexuality through the years, the media’s approach to bisexual celebrities, and fictional bisexual characters.
Purple Prose includes personal accounts of being bisexual and having a disability, dealing with faith issues, being Black or Minority Ethnic as well as dating, being monogomous or otherwise.
Tickets: £3.00. Refreshments available.
Please reserve your place at fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 16th February
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Higgs Bo'sun - Folk music in the bookshop

Happy Higgs 3Performing ​ folk music of the British Isles and North America​ as well as self-penned songs and tunes, Higgs Bo’sun is the instrumental core of the shanty crew Trent Navigation Company. ​

​Their varied repertoire includes both accompanied and unaccompanied songs and features songs in the radical tradition, with plenty of good choruses to join in.

If you’ve always fancied singing your heart out in a bookshop – now’s your opportunity as Higgs Bo’sun will be playing at Five Leaves on Thursday 16th February at 7.30 pm.  This is an all-ticket do in aid of Mansfield Mining Museum and Medicines Sans Frontieres but hurry as capacity is limited. Contact Five Leaves Bookshop to purchase tickets.

You can see Higgs Bo’sun in action on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/search?q=Higgs+Bo%27sun and have a look at the band’s Facebook page.

Tickets for this event will be £5 and refreshments will be provided.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 20th February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Beyond Unwanted Sound, Marie Thompson - Book Launch

MarieSTMarie is one of two former Five Leaves’ workers with a new book out this year!

Beyond Unwanted Sound is about noise and how we talk about it. Weaving together affect theory with cybernetics, media histories, acoustic ecology, geo-politics, sonic art practices and a range of noises, Marie critiques both the conservative politics of silence and transgressive poetics of noise music, each of which position noise as a negative phenomenon. Beyond Unwanted Sound instead aims to account for a broader spectrum of noise, ranging from the exceptional to the banal; the overwhelming to the inaudible; and the destructive to the generative.

Free, refreshments provided but please let us know you are coming via fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 21st February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Michael Rosen - The Disappearence of Émile Zola

Emile ZolaOn the evening of 18th July 1898, world-renowned novelist Émile Zola disappeared. It caused a sensation. Michael Rosen has tracked down where Zola was hiding, and why. Join us to hear more about this gripping story.

Admission is £5 with refreshments provided.
15% discount on all purchases on the night.
Reservation is essential so we can notify you if we have to change to a larger venue.
Please RSVP to fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 22nd February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
LGBT organising and the police: a discussion

“Recent history has seen police involvement growing over forms of politics that have traditionally been self-organised and grassroots led, with feminist and LGBT organisations increasingly reaching out to the police for funding and support. This event will take a critical look at historical and present partnerships between police and grassroots LGBT organisations, and ask: what are the implications of giving the police a seat at the table for grassroots organisations? Who wins and who loses from police involvement in our communities and our social movements?” A discussion led by local LGBT activists.

Free admission. Refreshments available.
Please reserve your place at fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 27th February
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves' Book Group - John Berger's Ways of Seeing
WaysofseeingcvrWays of Seeing, first published in 1972 and never out of print since changed the way people thought about paiting and art criticism. How do we then read paintings? And what do we mean by beauty, truth, form, class and gender and how these are represented in art.
John Berger died in December, aged 90. He also wrote memoir, fiction and poetry. Feel free to also bring along samples of this work.
Free, including refreshments. Please book your place via fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com.

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 28th February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Song of the Stork, Stephan Collishaw - Book Launch

songofthestorkFifteen-year-old Yael is on the run. The Jewish girl seeks shelter from the Germans on the farm of the village outcast. Aleksei is mute and solitary, but as the winter advances, he reluctantly takes her in and a delicate relationship develops. As her feelings towards Aleksei change, the war intrudes and Yael joins a Jewish partisan group fighting in the woods. The Song of the Stork is Yael’s story of love, hope and survival. It is the story of one woman finding a voice as the voices around her are extinguished.

Stephan Collishaw works in Nottingham as a teacher. He jointly runs Noir Press, translating Lithuanian fiction. He previous two books are also set in Eastern Europe.

Free. Please reserve your place via fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 2nd March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Derrick Buttress 1932-2016

d-buttressAn evening of readings and reminiscences to celebrate the life and work of a much-admired poet, memoirist and writer of short fiction, whose work is rooted in Nottingham, the city where he was born and lived all his life.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Please reserve your place at fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 8th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Irish Republican Women, with Azrini Wahidin
Azrini-WahidinThis talk will discuss women’s involvement in the Irish Republican Army, political protest and the prison experience in Northern Ireland. Through the voices of female and male combatants, it demonstrates that women remained marginal in the examination of imprisonment during the Conflict and in the negotiated peace process. However, the book shows that women performed a number of roles in war and peace that placed constructions of femininity in dissent.
Azrini Wahidin is the author of Ex-combatants, gender and the peace process in Northern Ireland – women, the prison experience and political protest. She is Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University.
In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group.
An International Women’s Day event.
Tickets: £3 on the door, but please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 11th March
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
States of Independence

A day event celebrating independent presses, independent writing, independent thinking.
Two dozen bookstalls, two dozen talks.
Watch out for the programme.
Free, at De Montfort Universtiy, Leicester.
Organised by Five Leaves Bookshop and the Creative Writing Team at DMU.

Venue: De Montford University, Leicester
Wednesday, 15th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry of the Irish in Britain with Cathy Galvin and Deirdre O'Byrne

Deirde O’Byrne will read from the work of Maura Dooley, Ian Duhig, Eavan Boland, Bernard O’Donoghue and Catherine Byron, with commentary and Cathy Galvin will read her own poetry, primarily from Rough Translation – described by David Constantine as being about “the sea, islands, coastal places,  family who lived very differently from how we do now, the loving connection with them”, Cathy Galvin’s Irish family past.
In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group

Tickets: £3 on the door, but please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 16th March
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Spectres of Revolt, with Richard Gilman-Opalsky
spectres of revoltIn 1848 Marx said that a communist spectre was haunting Europe… Gilman-Opalsky argues that the world is  haunted by revolt, but not as Marx imagined it – from the Mexican Zapatistas through to the Arab Spring and the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore the streets have come alive… Gilman-Opalsky explores these upheavals, the intellect of insurrection and philosophy from below.
Because of the earlier time we will be open from 6.00 if you want to come early and have a cup of tea.
Tickets £3.00. Please reserve your place via fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 29th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from Colin Hern
Nottingham Poetry Series
Full details to follow
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 31st March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reservoir 13, with Jon McGregor

Full details to follow

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 21st April - Sunday, 30th April
All Day
Nottingham Poetry Festival

Full details to follow

Venue: Antenna, Nottingham
Saturday, 22nd April
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Feminist publishing - then, now and in the future
Speakers include novelist Zoe Fairbairns (ex-Spare Rib) who teaches Creative Writing, Debbie Taylor, Editor of MsLexia magazine and Ailah Ahmed, who is commisioning editor at Virago Press.
Full details to follow
Venue: to be confirmed, Nottingham
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